"Swargashram" the term consists of the primary word "Swarg" which means "Heaven" . The ashram was built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand, the saint better known as Kali Kamli Wala (the saint with a black blanket). It is very popular place among foreign tourists mainly because of the ethnic touch. It is located at Gangapar, Ram Jhula. There are lots of ashrams, and temples inside the Swarg Ashram. This place is very popular among foreign tourists as well as among locals, because of its ethnic touch. Several religious activities, like chanting, meditation, aarti take place inside the Swarg Ashram premises. The area is also known as "Kali Kamliwala Kshetra".This place is none other than a paradise for the human soul , with peace , prosperity and calm atmosphere this place rejuvenates the human mind and the soul .
Swargashram is located between Maa Ganga and the Shivalik Hills , the access to reach Swargashram is primarily from Ramjhula or Janki Setu . Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas Swargashram enjoys a cold moderate temperature . It is covered by the forests of Rajaji National Park with a mesmerizing greenery around it . Other than the amazing location Swargashram offers Kutiyas to more than 100(hundred) sadhus , where they medidate and spend their lives . The tourists basically visit this place for ‘Yoga tours’ and ‘a study of Ayurvedic medicines’. It is an ideal destination for all those people who love to have a word with nature and are spiritually inclined.
Swargashram provides an abode to the Saints in the premises of the ashram for pursuing the path of religious awakening through Dhyan, Bhajan and Meditation. The ashram provides all kinds of assistance to the Saints living in the ashram.
The ashram houses three Dharamshalas in its premises. These cater to the needs of the Yatris (pilgrims) and religious people. In addition, the ashram has a Dharamshala at Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand near the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. The Dharamshalas are heavily patronised by the devotees and yatris. Apart from this, the ashram has also constructed a number of Ghats, water points and paths for the yatris.
The Trust manages 119 dwelling units (rooms/suites/flats) spread over 8 buildings such as Shiv Ganga, Akash Ganga, Ganga Niwas, Ganga Line flats, Main Gaddi, Ganga Niketan, Samadhi flats, Lakshmi Narayan Temple rooms etc. Most of this accommodation is river facing.
Swargashram has a well built gaushala to take care of a large number of cows .Our West-influenced intellectuals sneer at the mention of the cow. The same intellectuals first sneered at yoga. Now it is a fashion to do pranayama at cocktail parties. The arguments in the West for cow slaughter are no more uncontested. They also sneered at our sanyasis as `godmen’. Now they flock to ashrams with their white friends ever since the Beatles. Who knows, they may soon have a cow in their backyards.
India has 150 million cows, each of them giving an average of less than 200 litres of milk per year. If they could be fed and looked after, they can give 11,000 litres. That would provide milk for the whole world. The milk we produce today is the cheapest in the world.For those of us who are desi by pedigree and conviction, I place some facts about the cow in the perspective of modern Hindutva.
The cow was elevated to divinity in the Rig Veda. In Book VI, Hymn XXVIII attributed to Rishi Bhardwaja extols the virtue of the cow. In Atharva Veda (Book X, Hymn X), the cow is formally designated as Vishnu, and `all that the Sun surveys’.Indian society has addressed the cow as gomata. The Churning of the Sea episode brings to light the story of the creation of the cow. Five divine Kamadhenus (wish cows), viz. Nanda, Subhadra, Surabhi, Sushila, Bahula emerged in the churning.Thousands of names in our country are cow-related: Gauhati, Gorakhpur, Goa, Godhra, Gondiya, Godavari, Goverdhan, Gautam, Gomukh, Gokarna, Goyal, Gochar etc.They signify reverence for the cow, and our abiding faith that the cow is Annapurna.
In 2003, the National Commission on Cattle under Justice G. M. Lodha submitted its recommendations to the NDA government. The report called for stringent laws to protect the cow and its progeny in the interest of the rural economy, a constitutional requirement under Directive Principles of State Policy. Article 48 of the Constitution says: `The State shall endeavour to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle’. During the First War of Independence in 1857, when Bahadur Shah `Zafar’ was installed as emperor by the Hindus in Delhi for a brief period, his Hindu prime minister, on the emperor’s proclamation, made cow killing a capital offence. In Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kingdom, the only crime that invited capital punishment was cow slaughter.
The cow, according to the Vedas, provides four products for human use: (i) Godudha (cow milk): As per Ayurveda, cow milk has fat, carbohydrates, minerals and Vitamin B, and even a capacity for body resistance to radiation and for regenerating brain cells. (ii) Goghruta (ghee): The best ghee, it is, as per Ayurveda useful in many disorders. In yajna, it improves the air’s oxygen level. (iii) Gomutra (urine): Eight types of urine are used for medicinal purpose nowadays, among which cow urine is held to be the best. The Americans are busy patenting it. It has anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
It has immune-modulator properties, which makes it useful for immune deficiency diseases. In the classics there are many references to cow urine as a drug of choice. Even the Parsis follow this practice.Lastly, (iv), Gomaya (dung) is considered as valuable as Gomutra and used to purify the environment, as it has radium and checks radiation effects.Ancient Hindu wisdom on the medicinal properties of cow urine is borne out by two patents granted in the US for cow urine distillate (Patent numbers 6410059 and 6896907).Even China has granted the distillate a patent as a DNA protector. A global patent has been granted for cow urine, neem and garlic as a pest repellent and for fungicidal and growth promoting properties for different crops (WHO 2004/ 087618A1). A US patent has been granted for strains from Sahiwal cow milk for plant growth promoter phytopathogenic fungi controlling activity, abiotic stress tolerating capability, phosphaticsolubilisation capability, etc. And CSIR has filed for a US patent for amritpani, a mixture of cow dung, cow urine and jiggery, for soil health improvement properties.
These claims were initially made in the Charaka Samhita, Sushrut, Vaghbhati and Nighantu, Ratnakar, etc. They prove the utility of cow dung and urine for sustainable agriculture as well as for disease prevention.The arguments in the West for cow slaughter are no more uncontested. There are better sources of protein than beef. Any dietitian’s chart shows that beef with 22 per cent protein ranks below soya-bean (43), groundnut (31) and pulses (24 per cent). One kilogram of beef takes seven kg of crops and 7,000 kg of water to produce. Thus cow protection makes economic and ecological sense. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, has argued that non-vegetarianism indirectly contributes heavily to greenhouse gases and other pollution.He quotes a UN report from 2006 that says, “Raising animals for meat as food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined”. Ten of billions of animals farmed for food release gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide through their massive amounts of manure. “The released methane”, the report says, “has 23 times the global warming potential of CO2″. For these animals to graze, virgin forests are cleared. The livestock industry also needs vast stretches of land to raise mono-crops to feed the animals. The CO2 that the trees and plants store escapes into the air when they are destroyed.
Growing fodder implies heavy use of synthetic fertilizers produced with fossil fuels. While this process emits a huge amount of CO2, the fertilizer itself releases nitrous oxide (3) — a greenhouse gas that is 296 times more potent than CO2. Alarming though these facts are, all that people have to do is to avoid red meat. There will be no need to breed millions of animals for daily slaughter. The animal population will consequently decline. A single individual by not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one tonne of CO 2 prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car. So there are a number of reasons to be a vegetarian. People who eat meat think a pure vegetarian diet is optional. But now they have no choice if they are alive to what is happening to this life-bearing planet. There is no justification for eating meat, given the devastating consequences for the planet. A new fervour for a cow renaissance is necessary. It is constitutional (for India) and we should defend it with all our might. With all these aspects to keep in mind , our gaushala provides a well arranged infrastructure for the cows and provides them with the best quality of food and water to them .
Swargashram runs a charitable Ayurvedic hospital with disbursement of medical advice and medicine to the needy. In addition, the ashram has a charitable allopathic dispensary where allopathic medicines are distributed to the needy free of cost. The Ashram has an in house Aushadhalaya (Pharmacy) along with its Nirmaan shala (Manufacturing facility) where a number of Aushadhies and Ayurvedic products are made.
The ashram runs two charitable schools in the premises, a Sanskrit Vidyalaya and a Bal Vidya Niketan. The students of the Sanskrit Vidyalaya are provided free boarding, lodging and meals by the Ashram. They are being groomed to become responsible citizens and future torchbearers of the Ashram and Hindu culture. Bal Vidya Niketan is a Hindi medium Secondary School which has been established for the local population.
Food is prepared and distributed here twice a day to saints, sadhus and the needy. The meals are prepared from donated cereals and on most days the meals are sponsored by donors.
The ashram also has big orchards where the fruit bearing and ayurvedic plants are grown. The orchards provide green cover in addition to organic fruits and ayurvedic products for the hospital. Condiments like Turmeric and some vegetables are also grown here, which are used in Annakshetra.
Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of the world. Yogis from all over the world come over to Rishikesh to hone their skills of yoga. There are various forms of Yoga conducted in the City. The ashram also has private teachers conducting Yoga classes. Yatris benefit from these activities.
River rafting : Rishikesh provides the opportunities for River rafting. Various private companies provide the facility. Guests visiting the Ashram can avail the rafting adventure. Bungee Jumping: There is a private facility of Bungee Jumping approximately 17 Km from the Ashram. Adrenaline jump can be taken by the thrill seekers.
Trekking and sightseeing : The area around Swargashram provides ample opportunities for sightseeing and trekking. There are numerous places where the treks can be taken. Meditation: The ashram has the perfect surroundings for indulging into Meditation and self-reflection. People staying in the ashram are often indulging into these activities and enjoying the bliss of the company of Mother Nature.
The meals are prepared from donated cereals and on most days the meals are sponsored by donors as per the following rates
|Sadharan Bhandara ( Dal, Rice, Roti, Vegetable)||Rs 4001/-|
|Sadharan ann seva in evening (Dal, Roti)||Rs 2501/-|
|Both the meals||Rs 6501/-|
|Halua, poori, vegetable||Rs 11,501/-|
|Halua, roti, sabji, dal, rice||Rs 7501/-|
|Only halua||Rs 4001/-|
|Kheer, Poori, Chole||Rs 13,001/-|
|KKarhi, Rice, Halua, Roti||Rs 8501/-|
|Only Kheer||Rs 7001/-|
How to Reach Swargashram
By Road : Come to Haridwar • Pass Haridwar • Go 15-16 Km • You will see the Hanumanji Temple (Baba Neem Karoli Temple) on your left • Just past the temple is the IDPL Gate on your right. Turn right at this gate • Keep going straight • Ask for the Barrage Bridge. Follow the way to the bridge. There will also be signs for Swargashram. Follow these signs • Cross the Barrage Bridge. You are now 8 km from Swargashram • Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left • Go straight through the mountains. First you will go up, and then go back down • There will be a fork in the road. One road goes off to the right, for Neelkanth. Don’t take this road. Take the road that goes left and down • Head down until there is a T junction in the market. Turn left you will reach the office of Swargashram Trust.If one is coming by taxi (which frequently do not want to drive through the mountain/jungle route to the back of the ashram), the car can come to the Muni-ki-reti parking lot at Ram Jhula and park there. From there, you can cross over Ganga by motor boat or by foot on the foot bridge. As you cross the river you are in Swargashram. After crossing Ganga on bridge, turn right and then left and walk until you get to Swargashram office. The office is opposite the State Bank of India Branch
By Train : There are several trains a day between Delhi and Haridwar, You can either hire a taxi to take you directly to the ashram, or you can take a taxi, bus, or rickshaw to the Muni-ki-reti parking lot in Rishikesh which is the parking lot near Ram Jhula. From there you can take a motor boat across Ganga (or walk across the bridge), and you are in Swargashram.
By Air : Jolly grant airport is the local airport. Taxies are available for reaching Swargashram.